Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Pentagon is worried about Obama

McClatchy's Nancy Youssef reports that McChrystal will be asking for between 21,000 and 65,000 more troops for our oldest, yet newest excellent quagmire.

The request for an increase was supposed to be included in the latest assessment from McChrystal, but was delayed by political concerns.

Youssef also says that Obama has and is being pressured by our supremely competent generals to up the ante:
Some White House officials said the administration feels it was pressured to send the additional 17,500 combat troops and 4,000 trainers earlier this year, before the administration was comfortable with its plan for Afghanistan, because of the country's election in August.

Obama now feels that McChrystal and his superior, Army Gen. David Petraeus, the head of the Central Command, are pressuring him to commit still more troops to Afghanistan, a senior military official said. The official said that retired Marine Gen. James Jones, Obama's national security adviser, told McChrystal last month not to ask for more troops, but that McChrystal went ahead anyway and indicated in interviews that he may need more.
This has been the fifth assessment since Obama took office. Keep on trying until you get one you like, what?

The White House is also dismayed that the US public hasn't lined up to cheer on the colossal waste and idiocy. Chanting 9/11 just doesn't work like it used to. Damn!

The whole article is worth reading, It's the first article that suggests that the Pentagon is playing their own hand against a White House that might be getting cold feet. Pentagon vs. Obama, who will win?

I'm betting on the Pentagon, by forfait.


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